Today, on 31 March, Georgia marks 30th anniversary of the Independence Referendum Day whereby in 1991 country gained back its sovereignty. This day was a turning point in Georgian history altering country’s future.
The referendum which was sanctioned by the Georgian Supreme Council was held on entire territory of Georgia, including Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions, with a turnout of 90.57%. On one single question: “Do you support the restoration of the independence of Georgia in accordance with the Act of Declaration of Independence of Georgia of 26 May 1918?” 99.08% voted in favour.
Georgia became the fourth republic, after the three Baltic states (Lithuania - 9 February, and Latvia and Estonia - 3 March) to organize the referendum on the issue of independence from the Soviet regime.